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Singlespeed & Fixed Gear "I still feel that variable gears are only for people over forty-five. Isn't it better to triumph by the strength of your muscles than by the artifice of a derailer? We are getting soft...As for me, give me a fixed gear!"-- Henri Desgrange (31 January 1865 - 16 August 1940)

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Old 04-09-04, 05:57 AM   #1
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Don McClung?

I just read an article on Dirt Rag about a guy called Don McClung; he makes 29" SS MTBs, but the article has no pictures of his frames. Doesn't anyone have one or any pics they can post here? I so can't afford a $2500 bike but it's nice to dream...
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Colorado Central Magazine had this to say about him.
Other frame-builders and bike shops in Central Colorado

Don McClung, Owner, Backyard Bicycle Company

Don is a local legend in the Salida cycling crowd; his single-speed, 29" wheel bikes are known for their distinctive antique appearance, based on the style of bicycles from the early nineteen hundreds -- but get them on a single track trail in the mountains of Central Colorado, and they really rip.

Don gravitated to single-speed bikes when he noticed, "Everything was continually wearing out on my geared bike. Unfortunately, mass-marketed bikes are designed to ensure constant maintenance; in fact, the true spirit of riding has become lost in a marketing jungle. There's too much equipment on the bike and the rider never really learns how to ride the bike by himself or herself."

By opting to ride -- and subsequently build -- only single-speed bikes, Don got back to the pure simplicity of mountain biking, and has been a deciding influence on the trend in this region. You can reach the Backyard Bicycle Company at 1-719-539-7146.

Why not call him and ask if he can email some pictures?
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